Tech Talk Tuesday: Lists As Linkbait or Community?

Some bloggers like lists. Lists are simple and easy to read, particularly when you’re reading off a computer screen. There are a few other reasons that bloggers write lists: Lists are easy to write You don’t have to use good grammar on a list Lists are easily searched by bots Lists of people might get you mentioned Being on a list might sound impressive If you make a list of people, they might talk about you See how easy that was? Do you see the value in it? Neither do …

Tech Talk Tuesday: Family Documents

Last week I finished my early summer project. Scanning the kids’ schoolwork onto a hard drive. Remember the boxes of paper your mom used to have, every test and worksheet piled high into a stack of termite bait? I just take a day at the end of each semester and scan the work into a portable hard drive and I’m all done. I feel great about it, and it seems like such a perfect solution to the paper problem, but I forgot one thing our home. Two weeks ago as …

Tech Talk Tuesday: Tween (or OMFG I’m In Over My Head)

I spent the day yesterday with my ten year old daughter and her ten year oldĀ  friend Ann. It was monumentally exhausting. It was a new sort of tired, the tired that comes from your core. The tired that makes you want to weep and sit in a corner. The tired where you simply want to say, “Okay, I give up. I suck at parenting, and I’ll buy you all sorts of fancy crap if you promise to never ever speak again. Ever.” That’s right. I want to bury my …

Apparently I Am A Feminist: Girls Have A Little Respect

I’m in my hotel room and my friends are at the rooftop bar drinking with the guys. Why am I not there? It is too depressing for words. When I walked in the bartender had her tank top down to there and I could practically see her areola. Rather than standing around, pretending like I care about the chatter and being distracted by a young woman’s lack of self respect, I am resting. I am tired. Let me get a few things very clear. I love being a woman, I …